Judge orders circuit clerk to pay sanctions; suspends deputy clerk

HINDS COUNTY — A Hinds County judge has ordered the county’s Circuit Clerk Barbara Dunn to pay $9,535 in sanctions for her office’s failure to timely file appeal papers to the state Supreme Court.

The Clarion-Ledger also reports Judge Tomie Green ordered the deputy clerk who handled appeals in Dunn’s office be suspended for 30 days. Deputy Clerk Loretta Wells also will have different duties once she returns from suspension.

Dunn said she was surprised by the sanction amount. She must pay from her personal funds, and the amount must be paid on or before April 30, according to the order.

Last month, the Mississippi Supreme Court ordered sanctions against Dunn and sent the case to Green, the county’s senior circuit judge, to determine the amount.

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